Zika virus

Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne virus that was identified in Uganda in 1947 in Rhesus of monkeys. Subsequently, Zika virus was then identified in humans in 1952.


Recently, in Brazil, local health authorities have observed an increase in Guillain-Barré, syndrome which coincided with Zika virus infection, in general, population with an increase in babies born with a microcephaly.


A link has been established between Zika virus infection on pregnant women and microcephaly in babies born.

In fact, Zika virus is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito in tropical regions. Particularly known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.


Virus diagnostics can only be confirmed by laboratory testing, Zika virus RNA can be found in blood or other fluids such as saliva,…

There are several signs and symptoms of Zika infection:

  • Fever
  • Conjunctivitis
  • muscle and joint pain
  • malaise
  • headache

These symptoms appear between five or seven days after incubation period of Zika virus.

Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available and the consequences are dramatic on brain of babies.


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